NM--Two more NM predator priests are sued

NM--Two more NM predator priests are sued

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Two more New Mexico priests are accused of molesting kids. Will Catholic officials ever “come clean” and disclose these dangerous men? Or must they be sued over and over again while they live among unsuspecting families?

http://www.abqjournal.com/658968/news/suits-id-expriests-accused-of-abuse.html

 

One of the just-sued priests is being publicly revealed as a predator for the first time ever. He is Fr.  Armando Martinez. There are now 42 publicly accused Albuquerque archdiocese predator priests. (See BishopAccountability.org)

We urge every single victim of every single New Mexico predator priest to protect kids by exposing wrongdoers through civil and criminal action.

We urge every single witness or whistleblower to call police, prosecutors and other independent sources.

We urge every current or former church employee or member to share any information, rumor or suspicions they may have about potentially predatory priests to law enforcement.

And we urge New Mexico Archbishop John Wester to heed the recent words of Pope Francis, who promised that “abuse cannot be kept secret any longer,” “all responsible will be held accountable," and that church officials will provide "careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected.”

For the safety of the vulnerable and the healing of the wounded, Wester should permanently post, on church websites, the names, photos and work histories of every proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting cleric who has lived or worked in his archdiocese.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.comSNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

Suits ID ex-priests accused of abuse

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer,  October 13th, 2015 at 12:05am, 

Recent lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe identify two former priests whose names have surfaced in the past as alleged sexual abusers, including one who was the victim of a 1997 homicide.

The lawsuits, both filed in August in state District Court in Albuquerque, were filed by unidentified men who say they were raped as boys by priests who served in parishes in the archdiocese. Archdiocese officials could not be reached for comment on Monday.

In one lawsuit, a New Mexico native now living out of state alleged  . . . 

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